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l-r Dr Di Drummond with Janet Kelly at the Leeds Trinity Degree Ceremony in 2010

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 Creative Writer gets top award nomination


 Flip book cover

Martyn Bedford was short listed for the 2011 Costa Book Awards (children's book category) for his novel FLIP. Unfortunately he didn't win, but Leeds Trinity are very proud of his nomination. Costa is  the leading prize in UK literature after the Booker and was formerly known as the Whitbread Awards. FLIP is also on the longlist for the Carnegie Medal, the UK's biggest prize for children's fiction. Martyn, an associate senior lecturer in creative writing, has been teaching on the English BA programmes at Leeds Trinity since September 2009 and before that he was the college's Royal Literary Fund academic writer-in-residence.




Leeds Trinity appoints a new Director of Academic Enhancement (Research)

Professor Maureen Meikle has been appointed Director of Academic Enhancement (Research) 0.2fte for the period 14 November 2011 to 31 July 2014.


Professor Karen Sayer delivers her inaugural professorial lecture

Karen Sayer’s inaugural lecture as Professor of Social and Cultural History, took place on Wednesday 16 November 2011.  Entitled ‘Radical Requiems: the return of the past in British agriculture, 1850-1950’, it was of obvious interest to Victorianists, and attracted an appreciative audience.


Professor Kirsteen Kim delivers her inaugural professorial lecture

Kirsteen Kim's inaugural lecture as Professor of Theology and World Christianity, took place on 28th February 2012. Entitled  'World Christianity and the Future of Theology: The Korean factor', it was of great interest to the attendees.

Professor Paul Hardwick delvers his inaugural professorial lecture

Professor Paul (Oz) Hardwick's inaugural lecture as Professor of English took place on 5th March 2012. It was all about 'Conversations with Remarkable Foxes: Poetry Medievalism and Other Ornaments'. It was greatly enjoyed by the audience, some of whom came from quite a distance to hear this fascinating lecture.

Professor Judy Donnelly delivers her inaugural professorial lecture

Professor Judy Donnelly, our Director of Academic Enhancement (Learning and Teaching), Postgraduate Tutor and Professor of Nutrition Education delivered her interactive  lunchtime lecture  on 22nd March 2012.  Entitled 'Nutrition Education: my consuming passion' the attendees were treated to an educational lunch and a quiz. it was greatly enjoyed by all who were present.

Professor Maureen Meikle delivers her inaugural professorial lecture.

Professor Maureen Meikle, Head of Humanities, Director of Academic Enhancement (Research) and professor of Early Modern History delivered her inaugural lecture on 15th May 2012. It was all about 'Spirited Ladies? A reappraisal of Women from Northern England and the Anglo-Scottish Borders, 1580-1700' and was well attended.


New Professors and Readers at Leeds Trinity

Congratulations to our new Professors and Readers (2011 conferments)
Maureen Meikle - Professor of Early Modern History
Paul Hardwick - Professor of English
Judy Donnelly - Professor of Nutrition Education
Karen Sayer - Professor of Social and Cultural History
Kirsteen Kim - Professor of Theology and World Christianity
Rosemary Mitchell - Reader in Victorian Studies
Hannah Hunt - Reader in Eastern Christianity
Di Drummond - Reader in Modern History


Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies forthcoming events 2011-12

For more details please contact Heather Jones

'The Nineteenth-Century Memory', a postgraduate conference to be held at LTUC on 3 March 2012, is in development at the moment. It is being co-covened by Helen Kingstone and Katie Lister, both PhD students at LTUC, with the help of Tracy Hayes, a recent graduate of the M.A. in Victorian Studies programme who has progressed to a PhD programme with the Open University. Two very distinguished keynote speakers, Professor Ann Heilmann (Hull) and Dr Trev Broughton (York) have agreed to speak, and rooms have been booked for the event. The CFP, which was circulated via the British Association of Victorian Studies and postgraduate English departments around the country, brought in an excellent range of proposals, and a programme featuring 19 speakers, including the conference organisers, has been drawn up. 

Victorian Spiritualities, a colloquium to be held at LTUC on 17 March 2012 and convened by Dr Jane De Gay, is progressing very satisfactorily. Two keynote speakers have been secured, Dr Elisabeth Jay (Oxford Brookes), an eminent specialist on Victorian literature and religion, and Dr Michaela Giebelhausen, an art historian with a specialism on Victorian religious painting, in particular, the work of the Pre-Raphaelites. Dr De Gay received an impressive amount of generally excellent proposals and has assembled an exciting programme of papers. The newly-formed Friends of Lawnswood Cemetery will be hosting a stall, and a volume of the Leeds Working Papers will be published to accompany the colloquium. One of our M.A. bursary students, Richard Whitney, will be assisting Dr De Gay with the administration for the colloquium.

Inaugural Lecture by the second Visiting Professor for the LCVS, which will take place on Monday 28 May 2012 and will be entitled ‘Deconstruction’.  The visiting professor for 2011-12 is Professor Peter Mandler of the University of Cambridge.  Professor Mandler is an extremely distinguished intellectual historian, whose four monographs and three edited collections are very significant contributions to debates on national identity, heritage and historiography and the development of political and social thought in the modern period.  He was recently principal investigator in the Leverhulme-funded project, ‘Abandoning the Past’, and is on the REF panel for history.

Disability and the Victorians: Confronting Legacies, a three day conference to be held at LTUC on 30 July to 1 August 2012, and convened by Professor Karen Sayer, with Drs Nathan Uglow and Susan Anderson.  This will be a ground-breaking event, covering the definition of and experience of disability, institutions, acts, and spaces and places of disability, as well as many other significant issues. Confined speakers and performers include: Joanne Woiak, Ph.D., Disability Studies Program, University of Washington; Professor Martha Stoddard Holmes, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Literature and Writing Studies, Cal State University San Marcos, USA, 'Fictions of Affliction: Physical Disability in Victorian Culture'; Professor Vanessa Toulmin, Director of National Fairground Archive, National Fairground Archive (Western Bank Library) University of Sheffield; Mat Fraser, Actor, writer, MC, and Disability Artist, 'Freak to Clique' (invited to attend and perform); John Smith, Deaf Comedian (invited to attend and perform). Participants also already include independent researchers in the field, charities including coHearentVision, and those working with heritage providers/within public history, as well as those holding academic posts. Work for the conference is moving apace, with over 50 scheduled speakers identified via two CPFs. A registration form is under design, which will include an electronic version, in time for publicity to go out. An object handling session at the Thackray Medical Museum is being arranged, as too evening entertainments for our delegates.

Seminar Programme (2011-12) Dr Nathan Uglow is assembling an impressive programme for the forthcoming year.  In collaboration with Dr Jane De Gay, the popular and important Graduate Seminar, celebrating the contribution of Mrs Joyce Simpson, our former head of humanities, was being held on 31 October as part of the All Saints’ Day University College events programme.  It featured  a short talk by recent graduate Sarah Coupland-Smith, on her dissertation work, which offered a spiritual reading of Edward Burne-Jones’ ‘Briar Rose’ series.  The second seminar of the first semester will be Rosemary Mitchell’s inaugural lecture as Reader in Victorian Studies.  It will take place on Wednesday 23 November, and is entitled ‘Marginal Masculinities? Regional and Gender Borders in William Bell Scott’s Wallington Scheme’.  Dr Richard Storer has proposed that the seminar programme be enhanced by a Victorian poetry reading event, of which he will organise the first: the theme will be regional poetry.

 PhD Success 

Congratulations to Janet Kelly (image on right) who was awarded her PhD at the Leeds Trinity Degree Ceremony in 2010. Janet, an MA in Victorian Studies and BA Honours graduate from Leeds Trinity University College, gained her PhD from the University of Leeds under the supervision of Dr Di Drummond, a member of Leeds Trinity’s Humanities (History) Department and the Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies. Her subject was the lives of the wives of itinerant Methodist preachers between 1780 and 1880.  Janet became interested in ‘women and religion’ during her MA studies, completing a dissertation on male and female conversion accounts in Methodism with Di’s advice. Apart from successfully completing her doctoral thesis, Janet has also published articles and given conference papers on her research.

Janet’s studies have been a truly ecumenical experience for all. Janet joked, ‘I am an Anglican, who researched Methodist women, was supervised by a Baptist in a Catholic University College!’










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